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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

God will come through

Perhaps you are holding on to a Godly dream, and have been doing so for years, but you are starting to loose hope that you will ever see this realized. Perhaps you are starting to doubt that this has ever been God's will for your life. Perhaps you are starting to manipulate the circumstances of your life so that you can see the realization of this dream, buying into the untruth that God will only help those who help themselves. Perhaps your disappointment is so great that you are loosing faith in God. Perhaps you think there was some small thing you did, some inconsequential wrong decision you made, that has forever altered the course of your life, so that you will now no longer see that Godly dream realized. If any of the above scenarios is true of you, then you should read today's blog.
Let us first examine what a Godly dream is. A Godly dream is an idea born from God. This could be the result of prophecy that has been confirmed by more than one person, as well by God Himself in your own heart. It can be the result of a Godly vision or prophetic dream. It can be the result of a conversation (prayer) you've had with God. There are probably a myriad other ways a Godly dream can come to you that I can't think of right now. The important thing is to know that it is some plan that God has for your life. This can be long term, or short, small scale, or large, it doesn't matter. The point is that it is inspired by God.
We see such an example of a Godly dream in the Biblical story of Abraham and Sarah, when God promises them a son. They probably wished for this when they were much younger, but by now the ideal had vanished. They were too old. It was no longer a dream they had for their own lives. Not that it would be unwanted, they had simply resolved to be content without children. Then God makes this promise... and nothing happens. Sarah does not fall pregnant. This is when Abraham decides that he needs to step up to the plate to ensure that God's word will come true. Today, much too frequently, I hear people say the words 'God only helps those who help themselves.' Not so! All Abraham had to do, was to wait upon God to do EVERYTHING. When he intervened with his own manipulating schemes, it did not change God's plan an iota. God did not alter His plan. He did not accept Abraham's compromise solutions. God simply did what He said He would do, when He was ready to do so, with complete disregard for even the laws of nature! Not even Sarah's inability to reproduce at her ripe age, could stand in God's way. Does God need your help to make true on His promises? No! Sit back, relax, trust God, and let Him do what He does best - which is to keep His word.
Can you, or someone else, do something to derail God's plans for your life? No! Let's look at the story of Joseph. He gets a godly dream, confirmed by a second, about his family honouring him by bowing to him. His brothers take offence. It gets so bad that they plot to kill him, but at the last moment they sell him to traveling tradesmen. He is then sold into slavery and all hope seems to be lost that he will ever see his family again, never mind them honoring him in any way. We are all of us familiar with his stint in prison and being released and raised to a position of honour, which is where his family did find him eventually, bowing down to him, exactly as God said it would happen. Joseph probably lost hope. He probably gave up on the dream altogether. There must have been a time when he couldn't be bothered less about anybody honouring him, he simply wanted to make it through the day alive and unscathed. Nothing that he, nor his brothers, nor his scheming accuser, not the slave traders or anyone else did, could alter God's word. Now think about the two guys with the dreams in prison. One was put to death and the other released. Joseph asked him to remind the officials about his own plight once the man was released, hoping to exonerate himself. The man forgot! He never did this. This is important to take note of, for this whole argument has a flip side. There is nothing anyone can neglect to do, that will change God's word either! Relax, trust God, and see His word come true in your life!
Is there a mountain standing in the way of God's will being fulfilled in your life? Is it casting such a long shadow that you can't even see the light of God reflected on the other side of the mountain anymore? Then I want to remind you of this passage:
Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered.
When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked.
Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:18-22 NIV)
This passage sums it up so beautifully. That fig tree was not doing what it ought to have been doing for Jesus to do God's will. Jesus needed sustenance. The tree was useless and Jesus removed it from His way. Even nature has to bend to God's will! That mountain standing in your way, pray about it! Have faith! Trust God. No mountain can stand in God's way. If He said something, He will make it come true. Are your mountains any bigger than the ones Abraham or Joseph faced? Perhaps not bigger, only different. Nothing is impossible with God. Pray. Believe. Watch God move the mountains for you.
Now you may be asking yourself how you could grow in faith. Let me share this thought with you. I was sitting on a sand dune, peering out over the ocean, when God started sharing the ideas for this blog with me. He asked me to think of something sturdy and immovable. A great tree with an intricate root system came to mind. God told me that it would be nothing for Him to uproot that tree. I immediately felt a pang of regret over such a beautiful tree as the one I had imagined being uprooted. God knew my thoughts and called me on them. He told me that I saw the tree as dead and dying once it had been uprooted. That is simply a human perspective. God can pull that tree out of the ground and replant it somewhere else and it will flourish. It was only afterwards that I remembered a similar passage in the Bible:
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”
He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. (Luke 17:5-6 NIV)
Still on the dune, God told me to find another example of something immovable. I searched my surrounds and noticed the line of dunes hugging the coast. He asked me what it would take to move those dunes. As they were busy with road works in town, I immediately started thinking about the heavy earth moving machinery that would be required to flatten those dunes, the teams of men involved, the availability of fuel where we were in the remote Northern Cape, 100 km from the nearest town and a thousand km from the closest city. I thought about the logistics of getting enough food and water for all those workers to eat, drink and bathe in. I thought about how they would be removed from their families for long stretches of time. Then I started thinking of the unions and all the issues that always seem to arise from this quarter. I have to admit that the whole task seemed daunting. That's when God told me that He could do it in less than an hour. It was on the tip of my tongue to ask Him how He would do it, when suddenly the wind picked up in strength, lifting the sand around me, before quieting down again. Pictures of sand storms in the desert suddenly came to mind and I knew that He was right. No cost, no effort, no organizing of logistical issues, no politics or human effort would be required. If God wanted to move those dunes, they would be gone in less time than it took me to write this article.
This was when God started talking to me about mobility issues. We are so concerned about being in the right place, at the right time, about getting things just right, so that we don't miss God's big plan for our lives. We should stop fretting so much. We focus on things that are established and fixed and try to plan around them. We should stop fretting so much. We consider words pliable and mountains fixed, when with God it is the other way around. Mountains are mobile. God's word is fixed. Stop fretting so much.
"God said it. I believe it. That settles it." Faith is the only action required from you to see God's word fulfilled in your life.

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